Molecular Pathology & Genomics

One fat cell subtype responds to insulin stimulation

Scientists have discovered that there are three different subtypes of mature fat cells in white adipose tissue and that it is only one of these – AdipoPLIN – that responds to insulin.

Urine test to detect brain tumours

MicroRNAs in urine could be a promising biomarker to diagnose brain tumours and regular urine tests could help early detection and treatment, it is claimed.

Diagnose crohn’s with an engineered organism

Researchers have engineered a bacterium with the necessary capabilities for diagnosing a human disease.

Genomic medicine: Coming to the clinic near you?

Dr Rameen Shakur takes a look at how biomedical science and genomics are playing a part in real-world clinical cardiology.

Unintended consequences

Computational biologist Gregorio Alanis- Lobato highlights the need for greater awareness of and further research into the effects of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing.

The evolution of quality assessment

In 2011, UK NEQAS Cellular Pathology Technique (CPT) carried out tests across four schemes – it now covers 12 schemes with two in the pipeline. We hear from Chantell Hodgson, UK NEQAS CPT Scheme Manager.

Blurring boundaries: Ethics and artificial intelligence

With artificial intelligence becoming ever more prominent in biomedical labs and research, biomedical scientist turned ethicist Sarah E Carter looks at the pressing issues.

Tech news: April

This month's top tech news stories

Study advances field of precision medicine

A new method of quickly mapping the genome of single cells, while also clarifying the spatial position of the cells within the body, has been revealed.

DNA in urine for cancer detection

A team of scientists has found that DNA fragments in the urine are not degraded at random or too short to provide any meaningful information.

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